By Ena Ofugara from Urhobo.
How Much Respect Do You Show Igbos?
I am not Igbo. I am proud of my Urhobo. However, as a student of history, I wish to show just what these great people came/come against and yet thrive.
Okay, the incessant killings in the North will be glossed over so as to make this article not overly long. The civil war will also not be discussed.
However, post civil war, as I explained in my post MINORITY REPORT: THE SYSTEM IS RIGGED AGAINST YOU, the rich in Nigeria have major roots in the Indigenisation decree of 1972 and 1977. I reminded people how the banks gave people of other tribes, predominantly Hausas and Yorubas loans to buy up companies owned by foreigners. Now imagine the Federal government forced Chevron to sell 51 percent of its shares and that Access Bank will give you loans to buy the shares. How rich will you be in a year? 5 Years? That is how many Yorubas and Hausas got to own UAC, all those Dunlop, Leventis, Cadbury etc.
Now while this was ongoing, Awolowo/Gowon told the Nigerian banks to give TOPS twenty naira to any Igbo man that had money in the bank before the war. That is, if you had 5 naira before the war, you will be given the 5 naira. But if you had one million naira, you get just twenty naira in full fulfilment of the banks duty to give you your money.
Ask yourselves, why would the banks give Igbos only twenty naira? Did the banks collapse? So why pay less than you were given?
So while the banks were giving loans to Hausa and Yorubas to buy Oyibo companies they did not build, Igbos were being cheated out of their rightful moneys.
Now note also that these people lost Houses and business across the land. It is safe to say that as at 1970/71, the richest Igbo had 20 naira that may be the equivalent of maybe one million naira.
Let us look at how Dangote made his money. He Dagote (a great man and pride to Nigeria) had an uncle called Dantata who owned huge chunks of the groundnut pyramids of the 50's and 60's. He gave Dangote a loan and Dangote paid it back in a record time. CLAP, CLAP. Then add that Dangote has had his "brothers" in government, from Shagari, Buhari, IBB, Abacha, Abdulsalami to Yar'Adua. When they now agreed to democracy, he was rich enough to have funded Obasanjo and so government policies, be it monopoly afforded him for rice, sugar flour and of course a large share of subsidy etc ensures he is the wealthiest Nigerian. Note that many had same opportunity but did not use it. We kowtow to Dangote's investment capabilities.
However, for the Igbo man, where will he see an uncle that will loan him money? The richest man in their family has how much as at then? So while Fani Kayode can inherit property of his father and grandfather and great grand father, a Chidi Kalu cannot inherit anything from his grandfather who had business in Kano or even Port Harcourt. Neighbours have made his dad's storey building theirs, and even someone as educated as Ken Saro-Wiwa lived in an Igbo war emigrant house as his. (A sore point of the Niger Delta and Igbo Unity). WAEC building was Ojukwu's dad's building and like that building, thousands and the lands with it....lands worth billions today were taken from Igbos and each and every Igbo had tops 20 naira, destroyed homeland, stolen and destroyed wealth away from the E
ast. Also his brother is never president that will give him oil block or fuel lifting. Of 33, only one Igbo man and because he was in Obasanjo's good graces.
YET LOOK HOW PROUD THEY STAND TODAY!!! Look what they have achieved for themselves....FIRST GENERATION WEALTH...top second generation. From being unable to send their first sons to school so he could help look after the shop, to producing first class brains in all departments of modern learning.
So today, as you accuse Igbos of wanting their Biafra or of Baby Factory, or liking money and ready to do anything for money, remember that just forty years ago, while the banks were dashing your uncles loans to buy all the companies of Nigeria, it stole from the Igbos. Know that appointments have not favoured them. Note that they remain persecuted and many speak such ill and hate towards a people forced by need to survive to be extra-aggressive towards their sustenance. Maybe if you took their history into consideration, you will not be so critical of them, but instead say "what a resilient people" and give God the glory that FOR NOW, we and such a great people are compatriots.
Emeka Mmaduafu wrote, yah! Urhobo wadoo!!! my grandfather was a tailor in Benin, he told us that he had about 4000 pounds in his account and he was not even apportioned to get the 20 pounds grant. He had to work for one government in Warri as a cook. The story is pathetic though. Thank you bro....
Okon Enyenihi wrote, Though I am not Igbo, this is the ultimate truth. Until they stop the assault on Igbos and the less advantaged ones, God will not allow them peace.
Goodlite C Diribe wrote, My brother you deserve all the accolade given to you. A person like you is what we need, though rare. What you enunciated here can't be understood by some turn-coat, ass & bootlicking Igbos who found themselves at King Nebuchadnezzar's dinning table. But whether they like it or not, a Daniel must come to judgement.
Paul Matthew wrote, One Thing That Baffles Me Is That Many People Dont Know How Spiritual Laws Work. In Spiritual Planes There Is No Favouritism. Gowon And The North Are Battling To Get Hold On Peace For Their Region Since After The War. In 1982 Maitasine Claimed As Many Lives As they Could. 5yrs After The War They Began To Kill Themselves In A Coup That Ousted Muritala. The Total Number Of People from the North Killed By Fulani Herdsmen are Uncountable, Terrible Religious And Ethnic Conflict That Killed Thousands And Destroyed Villages In Kano, Taraba, Kaduna, Plateau, Nasarawa And Benue. Boko Haram Has Just Added Their Own Dimension of Killings And Being Killed. Over 20,000 Have Gone To early Graves. So What Has Been The Gains Of Nigeria In All These? I Need Answer.
Maduka Chinemelum Ogwueleka wrote, I am yet to see an evil man prosper in the long run. We all know how Ken Sarowiwa, Murtala Mohammed, General Shuwa, Awolowo, Abiola, ABACHA, Tunde Idiagbon, and Adekunle the black scorpion ended. So if you are one of those who still believe in evil, please my brother, my sister, stay away from evil. It doesn't pay finally.